ostracize

[os-truh-sahyz]
verb (used with object), ostracized, ostracizing.
1.
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest.
2.
to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
3.
(in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.
Also, especially British, ostracise.


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek ostrakízein, equivalent to óstrak(on) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to óstreion oyster, shell) + -izein -ize

ostracizable, adjective
ostracization, noun
ostracizer, noun


1. shun, snub, blacklist.


1. accept.
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ostracize or ostracise (ˈɒstrəˌsaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
2.  (in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
 
[C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon]
 
ostracise or ostracise
 
vb
 
[C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon]
 
'ostracism or ostracise
 
n
 
'ostracizable or ostracise
 
adj
 
'ostracisable or ostracise
 
adj
 
'ostracizer or ostracise
 
n
 
'ostraciser or ostracise
 
n

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Main Entry:  ostracize
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to banish or expel; abolish
Etymology:  Greek ostrakizein 'to banish by voting with potsherds'
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Word Origin & History

ostracize
1640s, from Gk. ostrakizein (see ostracism). Related: Ostracization; ostracizing.
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Example sentences
Government imposed smoking bans ostracize and disenfranchise a huge segment of
  these private businesses' regular clientele.
Trouble comes when you offend someone with the legal, financial or cultural
  power to censor and ostracize you.
Do not ostracize him or her due to the psychiatric condition.
Group punishments will be used to socially ostracize her--her colleagues and
  neighbors will be denied birth permits.
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